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Bachelor of Information Sciences (Software Engineering)

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On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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The best of both worlds

Software engineering brings together the disciplines of computer science and information technology. The Massey Bachelor of Information Sciences (Software Engineering) gives you a highly-practical and sought-after qualification that is practice-focused and industry-relevant.

Studying software engineering will see you gain the knowledge, tools and practical skills to be able to design, construct, test and maintain large software applications.

The Bachelor of Information Sciences (Software Engineering) is a joint major which means that you will study aspects of both computer science and information technology.

Your learning will focus on:

  • the design and construction of large software applications
  • both soft and hard software development skills
  • the technical knowledge of computer programming from computer science combined with the design and team skills of information technology.

In demand

Employers are always seeking increasing numbers of staff. Look at the SEEK website to see the demand for ICT professionals in New Zealand. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

Software engineering is a high demand area, including jobs for developers, architects, software testers, user requirement specialists and business analysts. As well as network security, project management and data/databases.

Software engineers are in high demand throughout the world, which means there are plenty of jobs out there for hard working graduates.

Create real applications, while you study

An exciting part of the joint major is the team project in the third year, when you will work together with other students to create a new application.

You can change your major within the degree up until the end of your first year.


Graduates with the software engineering joint major possess a broad range of skills and practice and are able to move into any one of a wide range of employment opportunities.

This programme will give you the skills to enter the computing profession at the level of software engineer. Later, you may be able to move into management of large software projects, including those in safety critical systems.

You’ll also have the necessary background to fully participate in software development teams. You’ll be particularly well-equipped to hold positions in the design and management of large software systems.

Roles available to programme graduates include:

  • software engineer
  • systems analyst
  • requirements engineer
  • software developer
  • usability engineer.

There are a huge number of job opportunities in this area worldwide. Check out the SEEK website for the around 2000 ICT careers available in New Zealand at any one time.

Further study

Once you graduate you can move on to advanced study in the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences (one year of 120 credits in taught courses) or the Master of Information Sciences (180 credits including 120 credits of taught courses and a major professional project).

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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